Face masks to decoy t-shirts: The rise of anti-surveillance fashion

" By Umberto Bacchi and Adela Suliman

LONDON, Sept 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As top designers wrapped up London Fashion Week and made their way to Paris to grab the world’s attention with their lavish creations, a group of artists in London were making their own fashion statement, in a bid to become invisible.

Emily Roderick, 23, and her cohorts in “The Dazzle Club” walked around the British capital last week with blue, red and black stripes painted across their faces in an effort to escape the watchful eye of facial-recognition cameras.

The artists took their silent stroll through the city’s King’s Cross area hoping their bold make-up would act as camouflage and confuse the cameras.

“We’re hiding in plain sight,” Roderick told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, explaining that bright colours and dark shades of make-up are known to hamper a camera’s ability to accurately recognise faces.

“There’s definitely something important about being able to take ownership of our own image and understand when we want to put that out into the public space,” she said."

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